In June, a young woman was riding her bicycle on the Cherry Creek Trail in Denver when she crossed the dividing lane of the two-way cycling trail. She crashed at full speed head-on with another cyclist who was traveling in the opposite direction.
William Latimer was initially not breathing and had no pulse after the crash. He remained unconscious, even after CPR was performed by a physician assistant who happened to be riding on the trail at the time. He was rushed to the hospital and is in critical condition.
According to reports, Latimer is expected to live but the full extent of his injuries and the long-term damage he will suffer as a result of the crash is unknown. Learn how Denver’s Cherry Creek Trail is dangerous for cyclists below.
Cherry Creek Trail is Dangerous for Cyclists
Cherry Creek Trail is a haven for athletic cyclists, pedestrians, and casual riders out enjoying the beautiful, warm summer weather in Denver. However, the trail is also dangerous and has often been called the Interstate 25 of bicycles.
Speed on this path can become problematic with cyclists often riding full-speed down the path. After all, there are no cars to worry about. This gives cyclists on the trail a false sense of safety.
In recent weeks, city rangers have been out trying to enforce the 15 mph speed limit on the path. Cyclists riding faster than 15 mph may be issued a $100 ticket. However, a Denver Parks and Recreation spokeswoman emphasized that education is the goal and only a handful of tickets are actually given out each year.
Excessive speeds along the Cherry Creek Trail are problematic and can lead to disastrous accidents like the one that occurred this summer. To combat these dangers, safety experts believe that Denver should consider converting some of the car lanes on roads like Speer Boulevard to help divert cycling traffic away from the already overcrowded and speedy Cherry Creek Trail.
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